When Saturday September 3rd rolled around Paine Field, Washington was awash in misty rain and clouded over. Things didn’t look good but the weather forecast still held promise… A few hours later the sun was out and the warbirds were flying at the Vintage Aircraft Weekend hosted by the Historic Flight Foundation! A great day was had… Read More Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016 – From the Battle of Britain to Pearl and Beyond
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date that will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” – US President Franklin D. Roosevelt Pearl Harbour, Oahu, Hawaii 1941 On December 7th, 1941 the Imperial Japanese Navy conducted a surprise attack upon the US… Read More Pearl Harbour 1941: Past to Present
NEW GUINEA 1942 The Battle of Rabaul, fought from January to February 1942 on the island province of New Britain in New Guinea resulted in a resounding Allied defeat at the hands of the Japanese. Air raids against Australian military targets in Rabaul started on January 4th and continued until the Japanese troops landed nearby on January… Read More B-17E “Swamp Ghost”
2014 marks the centenary of military aviation in Australia. To commemorate this I am writing a five-part series on the key stages of the RAAF: The Early Years – 1914 to 1939 (World War One and the interwar years), World War Two: 1939 to 1945, the Cold War begins and the Korean War: 1945 to 1953, South East Asian Conflicts –… Read More A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: World War Two – 1939 to 1945
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) was the last operator of the General Dynamics F-111 which they nicknamed the “Pig“. The F-111 was a highly sophisticated swing wing interdictor, tactical strike bomber and reconnaissance aircraft with a crew of 2 that was capable of flying at a top speed of Mach 2.5, operating in all-weather conditions day… Read More Aussie “Pig” spotted in Pacific paradise!